Ashton Valve Company

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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Tue May 12, 2020 10:36 am

Here are some others.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Sun May 17, 2020 6:18 am

Gauge testers were available in a couple of different styles.
The Dead Weight tester, which are still used to this day, was one of the most popular for accuracy.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Sun May 17, 2020 6:22 am

More information about the Dead weight tester.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Sun May 24, 2020 6:56 am

They also offered a few gage testers in different styles.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Sun May 24, 2020 6:59 am

Here are a few other styles of testers.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:10 am

Ashton Valve and WWII.
Many factories were purchased by the War Department during WWII and used to manufactures materials for the war effort. The Ashton Valve company was one of those. The continued to make gauges and safety valves, but now exclusively for Naval ships.

The Defense Plant Corporation was the branch of the government assigned to this task. Here's a link to more information about them and a couple of letters that show the Ashton Valve's involvement.

http://what-when-how.com/the-american-e ... ation-dpc/

World War II brought major changes to Ashton Valve and the company ceased to be a family run business. In 1942
the Defense Plant Corporation bought the company and merged it with the Crosby Valve company. The US
government had set up the Defense Plant Corporation to help with the War effort by purchasing factories to supply
the military. Ashton and Crosby produced safety valves and gauges for the duration of the war. The business was run
out of the Ashton building in Cambridge. When the war ended in 1945, Ashton Valve was sold to Dewey Stone, who
owned a number of companies including Converse rubber. Stone also purchased Crosby Valve in 1946 and in 1948
the to companies were moved to the old Winter Brothers tap and die facility in Wrentham Ma. The last gauges with
the Ashton Valve name were produced in 1978. The Wrentham building was torn down in 2012 and Crosby still
produces safety valves under the Emerson brand.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:32 am

The company had many patents over the years. Here are a few of them.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:33 am

A few more patents.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:34 am

And a couple more.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:37 am

And a few more of the old patents.
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Re: Ashton Valve Company

Post by Rick a » Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:56 pm

An interesting sales letter from 1897. It looks like a form letter with the address of the company being approached typed in at a later date
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